Football Focus 2014

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  • Hawks’ Versteeg can’t wait to get back on ice Oct 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Kris Versteeg admitted it. For the first few days after injuring himself just before the start of the regular season, he was bummed. Actually, beyond bummed.

  • Hawks’ Crawford doing his best to stay sharp Oct 19, 2014 8:28 PM
    In the Blackhawks’ last two games at the United Center, goalie Corey Crawford has faced a combined 38 shots on net. Not much of a workload, and Crawford certainly isn’t complaining, but the sporadic nature of things can be quite an adjustment.

  • Blackhawks’ Toews scores game-winner in OT Oct 18, 2014 10:46 PM
    Jonathan Toews scored a short-handed breakaway goal at 3:26 of overtime to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at United Center. With Patrick Sharp off for tripping, Toews stole the puck from Nashville’s Roman Josi just inside the Chicago blue line. He raced down left wing, cut to the slot and was stopped by Carter Hutton on his first shot, but Toews managed to push the rebound under Hutton’s pads. Johnny Oduya got his first goal of the season in the first period for Chicago and Corey Crawford had 19 saves. Shea Weber scored his third goal for Nashville and Hutton finished with 35 saves. Hutton was making his first start of the season in place of Pekka Rinne, who started the Predators’ first four games. The Blackhawks outshot the Predators 37-20, finishing with a shooting advantage against an opponent for the second straight game. Chicago outshot Calgary 50-18 on Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss. In this one, the Predators took control of the game for much of the third period with up-tempo skating and persistent forechecking after being dominated through the first two periods and outshot 23-6 after 40 minutes. It was tied 1-all after one period despite Chicago holding a 12-2 advantage on shots. Both teams scored on their first shots of the game. Oduya connected just 1:49 in when he skated in from the left point and leaned into a low shot from the top of the circle that beat Hutton between the pads. Weber tied it with a power-play goal at 11:17 shortly after serving a cross-checking call and exiting the penalty box. His drive from the left circle appeared to strike Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival, then deflected upward and over Crawford’s shoulder. Chicago outshot Nashville 11-4 in the second, and Hutton made several tough in-close saves late in the period to keep it tied. The Predators picked up the pace in the third, forcing the Blackhawks into turnovers in the Chicago zone and tested Crawford. He made a point-blank pad save on Craig Smith 4:45 into the period when both Smith and Colin Wilson were alone in front of the net following a Chicago giveaway.

  • Toews saves the day in OT for Hawks Oct 19, 2014 12:49 AM
    This is getting ridiculous. For the second straight game, the Blackhawks took it to a visiting team at the United Center, dominating play for much of the night before eventually, inexplicably heading to overtime.

  • Blackhawks’ third line still pointless Oct 18, 2014 12:26 AM
    The Blackhawks’ third line remains out of sync — and without a point through three games. Bryan Bickell, a mainstay on that line, said Friday that he shoulders some of the responsibility for the rough start.

  • Dietz: Everything breaks right for van Riemsdyk Oct 17, 2014 10:42 PM
    Trevor van Riemsdyk is the only undrafted defenseman, forward or center on the Blackhawks' roster. Check out he went from a broken ankle in January to making the Hawks' opening-night roster.

  • Spellman: What a move to bring in Coach Q Oct 17, 2014 10:37 PM
    Joel Quenneville's accomplishments include being one of only three coaches to reach the 700-win plateu, or his 270-127-60 regular season record with the Hawks or his .606 postseason winning percentage since arriving in town. I guess what I’m trying to say is simple: the guy’s a treasure.

  • Images: Blackhawks v. Flames Oct 16, 2014 9:50 AM
    The Blackhawks had every right to make this one a romp, especially in a first period where they outshot Calgary 18-2, but often went for the fancy play instead of just throwing the puck on net, and in the end it cost them big time — a more than surprising 2-1 overtime loss to the scrappy Flames.

  • Shaw getting good at re-directing shots Oct 16, 2014 7:59 PM
    Andrew Shaw is getting pretty good at this stuff. For the second time in as many games, the plucky Blackhawks forward parked himself in front of the opposition’s net and deflected in a shot for a goal. “He’s got a quick set of hands, he finds the puck, he’s tricky offensively with a nice set of mitts,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

  • Mike North video: Blackhawks will win the Cup Oct 15, 2014 11:10 AM
    Mike North enjoys the Blackhawks’ wins now but knows what really counts is the end of the year. North believes they will get past the Kings and win the Stanley Cup.

  • 50 shots on goal, yet Hawks still lose 2-1 Oct 15, 2014 10:15 PM
    Jonas Hiller made 49 saves and Mikael Backlund scored at 4:35 of overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Dennis Wideman also scored for the Flames, who were coming off a 3-2 win at Nashville on Tuesday. The Blackhawks controlled the action for much of the night, enjoying a whopping 50-18 advantage in shots on goal. But Hiller was outstanding and Backlund used a wrist shot to beat Corey Crawford on the goaltender's glove side for his first goal of the season.

  • Quenneville demanding more production from third line Oct 15, 2014 11:14 PM
    Early on here, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has been pretty complimentary of his top two lines and the job the fourth line has done as well. But as for that third line of Bryan Bickell, Brad Richards and Ben Smith? Eh, not so much.

  • Blackhawks put 50 shots on goal, lose 2-1 in OT Oct 16, 2014 5:05 AM
    The Blackhawks had every right to make this one a romp, especially in a first period where they outshot Calgary 18-2, but often went for the fancy play instead of just throwing the puck on net, and in the end it cost them big time — a more than surprising 2-1 overtime loss to the scrappy Flames.

  • Duncan Keith an Ironman on skates Oct 15, 2014 10:06 AM
    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville probably realizes he should be amazed that on any night, in any game, he can throw Duncan Keith out on the ice and know he is going to receive an all-world performance Quenneville should be amazed, but after seeing the 31 year-old Keith in action all these years, he's just not. It's a given.

  • Spellman: Another couple days off for Rozsival Oct 14, 2014 7:33 PM
    After practicing with the team again Tuesday at Johnny’s IceHouse, injured Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (upper body) pronounced himself “closer to 100 percent,” Not quite close enough for coach Joel Quenneville, though, who had been toying with returning Rozsival to the lineup Wednesday against Calgary, but has altered those plans. Now, Saturday appears to be the target return date for the veteran who has missed the first two games of the regular season.

  • Imrem: Blackhawks strong enough to bear the burden Oct 15, 2014 12:08 PM
    With Chicago's other sports franchises roaming the countryside like "The Walking Dead," the Blackhawks bear the burden of being the only local "it" team.

  • Rozsival key piece of Hawks’ defensive puzzle Oct 13, 2014 10:52 PM
    The Blackhawks currently have eight defensemen on their roster, and coach Joel Quenneville said Monday he doesn’t know if that will change any time soon. So in theory, that’s eight players for six spots. In reality it, though, it’s more like four players fighting for two spots because the Hawks’ top-four D-men are absolutely etched in stone.

  • Rozner: Blackhawks hot, Richards not in early going Oct 14, 2014 11:44 AM
    Brad Richards is off to a slow start for the Blackhawks, which is how he finished the season in New York. But the Blackhawks are awfully good again and they have every right to think they’ll be back in the Western Conference finals, No. 2 center or not.

  • Spellman: First impressions of this year’s Blackhawks Oct 12, 2014 7:37 PM
    Few teams put on a pregame show quite like the Blackhawks. And the bigger the event, the better the production. Though a regular-season home opener can’t come close to a playoff game, I think the production values Saturday night were the best I’ve seen yet.

  • Blackhawks turn squeaker into 6-2 rout Oct 12, 2014 4:13 PM
    After sneaking out of Dallas with a 3-2 shootout victory on Thursday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville uttered those now immortal words: “You better call the cops because we just stole 2 points.” Well, after dominating Buffalo early on in their home opener Saturday night at the United Center, Quenneville couldn't have been blamed if he wanted to call in a detective to try to figure out just how in the world this one was tied 2-2 through 40 minutes.

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